The Committee

Steven Schwartz, Chair

Steven Schwartz is a writer of spec fic, smut, and poetry both formal and informal, a letterpress printer, and a firm believer in experimenting with programming. He lives in Oakland with a significantly greater than 1:1 ratio of CPU cores to mammals, and more books than he can count. Authors for whom he is at least somewhat completist: Brookmyre, Disch, Delany, Rankin, Stross, Ellison, Shepard, Banks. Short Story Most Often Forced On Other People To Read: "The Man Who Painted The Dragon Griaule," Lucius Shepard. Novel most copies owned of: Samuel R. Delany, "Nova," 8 and counting, mostly given away for other people to read.

Alan Bostick, Safety

Alan Bostick has been by turns a physicist, editor, baker, poker pro, writer, and chocolatier. Equally at home in the salon privée of a Las Vegas casino resort and the slums of Haiti, Bostick is the very model of a real-life Heinlein protagonist. Pour him a shot of single-malt scotch, and ask him about exploring the ruins of ancient civilizations, probing the secrets of gravity with laser light, or working with the vexing polymorphic crystalline structure of cocoa butter.

Keyan Bowes, Writers Workshop

Keyan Bowes, who reached Clarion after 25 years of wishing, is the author of several short stories and poems published in various web magazines. Her two ambitions are publishing a novel and saving a eucalyptus cloud forest. She has green eyes and one ear with a point. Non-human ancestor? It's unknowable.

Dealers Room


Michele Cox, Programming

Michele Cox found fandom in her teens and never left. Since then she has earned an MA in Church History and Theology, become a poet, and taught herself technical writing and business analysis by observation and practice. Among her favorite SFF authors are Madeleine L’Engle, Lois McMaster Bujold, and M. K. Wren. She passes for normal among Bay Area SF fans.

Kerry Ellis, Publications

Kerry Ellis is an administrative assistant whose secret passion is archaeology. She once took a year off to travel. Her favorite SFF books are The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, and Kindred by Octavia Butler. She can spend hours looking at rocks.

Volunteer Coordinator




Wendy Shaffer, Database Guru

Wendy Shaffer began her literary career as the subject of her babysitter's Ph.D. thesis in child psychology. (She has never dared read the dissertation.) These days she works as a technical writer. Wendy's poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons and short fiction has appeared in Paradox and Realms of Fantasy. Her current ambitions are to run a half marathon and watch every episode of Doctor Who in existence. (Not concurrently, alas.)

Alyc Helms, WordPress Webmistress

Alyc Helms wrangles words for a living (they're less obedient than cats). She’s a freelance RPG writer for Green Ronin, a graduate of Clarion West 2012, and her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Her first novel, THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN, was published by Angry Robot Books in June 2015, and the sequel THE CONCLAVE OF SHADOW, will be out in April 2016. She can be found on Twitter @alychelms or at

Access and Logistics


Child Care


Debbie Notkin, Hotel Liaison and Senior Adviser

Debbie Notkin has been on convention committees for over 40 years now, though she finds that difficult to believe. She was thrilled to be a guest of honor (with Andrea Hairston) at WisCon 36 in 2012. She is the chair of the motherboard for the Tiptree Award. Publications include Women En Large and Familiar Men (with Laurie Toby Edison, and the second also with Richard F. Dutcher), 80! Memories and Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin (with Karen Joy Fowler), and Impolitic! (with Andrea Hairston). She is a body-image activist and a former editor at Tor Books, and is currently working with Strike Debt Bay Area (you are not a loan). In 2014, she had a period of becoming Dread Pirate Roberts, but she's better now.

Colleen O’Rourke, ConSuite

Colleen is a Bay Area native with a Masters in Biology and currently works both as a science writer and a high school biology teacher. Besides writing, her favorite hobbies include cooking, tabletop gaming, and belly dancing. You can follow her on Twitter @BioHawkORourke, where she mostly tweets way too much about her Vampire campaign.

Liang Song, Logistics and Short Story Contest Coordinator

Liang Song identifies as a technical writer, cosplayer, and con-goer. His favorite SFF books include The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Lies of Locke Lamora, and The Lord of the Rings. He is proud of having finished NaNoWriMo and earning his degree. He also writes user manuals, online help, and troubleshooting guides.

Programming and Honored Guest Liaison


Michele Wellck, Registration

According to other members of the concom, Michele Wellck is a mysterious and magnificent librarian/archivist. Her favorite SFF books are 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Ozma of Oz, and Young Miles.


FOGcon 1 Cover Art

The ConCom, scheming